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The Steelers jumped out to a 14–0 halftime lead, and never really let up. The Giants cut it to 14–7 in the third, but the Steelers answered right back to go up 21–7 and held the Giants under their thumb to win easily, more than the final score showed. The Steelers are not totally dominating teams offensively, but they are making up for it with defense. Did you know in their seven wins this season that they’ve only allowed 12.7 points per game? The opposition scoring in seven Steelers’ wins: 16-16-14-13-9-7-14. They’re 7th in the league in overall PPG allowed, just behind the Denver Broncos.
Great run game. Great QB. One of the lowest sacks allowed offensive units. A good enough defense to win. Sounds like the Dallas Cowboys formula, no? It’s the Steelers too. Only, you’d rather have Ben than Dak for a game played tomorrow, and you’d rather have Le’Veon over Ezekiel. The Steelers are lurking as one of the three best teams in the league…
The Giants are teetering on the edge. They play back-to-back home games ahead, but most likely will be underdogs in both (Dallas and Detroit). If the Giants fall from 8–4 to 8–6, all hell will break loose. I cannot see the Giants in the playoffs no matter how hard I try.
— Finally, Ladarius Green (6-110-1/11 targets) broke out. I think we can have a level of trust here. On just 35 snaps Green did all that damage. More snaps are likely to come.
Green was lining up like a Jimmy Graham-type weapon in this game. Split out as a flanker often. Sometimes close to the line, but not on it. They did a thing where he set up a step behind the normal TE spot, and then fake-blocked rolling into a little screen pass – the Steelers are starting to use Green with a purpose. On regular pass patterns, Green was open on mismatches because he’s too fast for linebackers and too big for safeties. He burned Landon Collins (7 tackles, 3 PDs) multiple times.
Someone had to be the non-Antonio.
The Steelers have Antonio drawing a ton of attention per usual. They have Le’Veon controlling the run game. Now, they have Ladarius as the ultimate mismatch…a TE who can play like a WR. He can go short or take routes deep. He’s a unique weapon added to a team with two high-end weapons already.
— Steelers rookie IDP Sean Davis (7 tackles, 1 PD, 1 INT) is really starting to get settled as a pro. Over his last four games: 5.5 tackles, 0.5 TFLs, 0.5 PDs per game. I thought he was one of the five best players in the 2016 NFL Draft, and the Steelers stole him in the second round this year. With Davis, rookie Artie Burns coming on, and Ryan Shazier healthy…this defense is a growing menace.
In their last three games, the Steelers have given up 9-7-14 points (10.3 per game). They face BUF-CIN-BAL-CLE to finish out. The Steelers might be a DST play the rest of the way, especially after the Buffalo game.
— Odell Beckham (10-100-0/16 targets) is on fire. Arguably the best WR in fantasy right now. Over his past seven games, OBJ is averaging 12.2 FF PPG (19.1 PPR) on 6.9 rec. (10.6 targets) for 62.0 yards and 1.0 TDs per game. He has 95 or more yards in three of his last four games.
— Ben Roethlisberger (24-36 for 289 yards, 2 TD/1 INT) not as much ‘on fire’. He’s been good but not great…not the mad-bombing Ben I was hoping for. The Steelers are starting to control games with defense and the run game. No need for the mad bomber lately.
In his last six games, Ben has thrown for less than 290 yards in five of them.
Ben has all cold weather, rough-and-tumble matchups the next three weeks – at BUF, at CIN, and BAL. Ben projects solid, but not off the charts the next three weeks. The game at Buffalo has a chance to be a snowy mess.
— Jason Pierre-Paul is likely out the rest of the fantasy season. I don’t think this helps Olivier Vernon‘s (4 tackles, 2.0 sacks) IDP production. It certainly doesn’t help the Giants DST. Week 16 vs. Philly was looking interesting with NYG’s DST, but not now…not missing JPP.